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City of Buffalo Salaries in Line with State Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- City of Buffalo employees had an average pay of $42,448 for its 1,303 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for city employees across the state is $43,817.

The highest paid city employees outside New York City were in Westchester, one of the nation's most expensive places to live. The city of Yonkers, with 993 employees, led the state with an average pay of $71,659.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

New Rowing Club on Buffalo river

BUFFALO, NY - On the Buffalo River, near Ohio St., is the site of the newest rowing club in Buffalo, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association. The BSRA is currently operating out of temporary facilities through the help of Ellicott Development Corporation and Carl Paladino.

"We chose the Buffalo River, south Buffalo, and particularly the First Ward for three principle reasons," said Mark Kostrzewski BSRA's Board President. "First, because of the great rowing water. Second, we wanted strong community involvement. And third, because of the wonderful rowing history around the river," he added.

People who row out of the club also have the option of rowing down river to the Blackwell Channel, sometimes called the Buffalo Ship Canal. The straight canal is 2000 meters long, the recognized Olympic racing distance, and wide enough for three crews across.

Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Erie County Introduces Garbage Totes in Parks

New totes include smoke-free message

 

Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, in conjunction with the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are pleased to announce the County has added garbage totes inscribed with a non-smoking message to park shelters in several County parks.  The totes will make it easier for parks crews to remove debris, while also delivering an important message.  The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition contributed to the purchase of 400 totes that carry the request, “Help us keep Erie County parks smoke free and litter free.  Please no smoking.”

 

The totes are already at shelters in Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake and Ellicott Creek parks.  All other County parks should have them by mid-September.

 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Keeping our parks clean and accessible is a p

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.

Buffalo Housing Market Ranked One of Most Affordable in Country

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Home prices in Western New York are some of the most affordable in the country, according to cnnmoney.com.

The website released a new list ranking the most and least affordable housing markets in the country. Buffalo was ranked as the fifth most affordable.

Syracuse, N.Y. was ranked the most affordable.

CNN Money praised the Western New York area for having affordable homes in suburban communities like Amherst.